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DJ Rekha is DJ, producer, curator, educator, and activist. Named ambassador of bhangra by the New York Times, she has been instrumental in placing bhangra on the map in North America. Rooted in bhangra and hip-hop her DJ sets range from Brazilian Baile Funk to Balkan Beats and everything in between. She is founder and resident of Basement Bhangra one NYC’s longest running dance parties. Garry Sandhu, G-Company and curiously similar sounding tracks populated the Bhangra portion of this week’s show. The Beyond portion pays tribute to Jagjit Singh and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Born and raised in Punjab, India, Malkit Singh celebrates the ornate and high-energy stylings of Bhangra -- music that’s heavily influenced by traditional Punjabi culture, but also infuses elements of Western pop. He was propelled to the international stage in 2002 after his music was featured in the hit film Bend It Like Beckham, and has since proven his mastery of the genre. Singh’s intricately layered songs are titillating, flush with hypnotic drum thumps, vibrant rattles, and vocals that rise and fall beautifully with exceptional power, control, and fluidity.
DJ Rekha aka Rekha Malhotra is DJ, producer, curator, educator, and activist. Named ambassador of bhangra by the New York Times, she has been instrumental in placing bhangra on the map in North America. Rooted in bhangra and hip-hop her DJ sets range from Brazilian Baile Funk to Balkan Beats and everything in between. She is founder and resident of Basement Bhangra one NYC’s longest running dance parties. This week Rekha explores the blurry lines between Bollywood and Bhangra as well as playing her favorite disco tinged Hindi film tracks.
Shin, of legendary British Asian Bhangra act, DCS, performs "O Jaan Meriya." Watch this intimate performance, filmed before a live show that featured Shin and DJ Rekha, at the 92Y in Tribeca. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTAeLjngaFs&hd=1[/youtube]